Recreation of history through mythical technique in Raja Rao’s Kanthapura
Pawan Kumar, Suraj
The focus of the present paper is to show the attempt of Raja Rao to recreate the dominant aspects of history during the British rule with the use of mythical technique. In Kanthapura, Rao explicitly delineates every event from minor to major in small village, named Kanthapura, in South India. The happenings in the Kanthapura are not particular to the village but a microcosm of whole India. To recreate the history of India, Rao has shown the disastrous events taking place during the British rule with a unique technique of Indian myths. All the characters do not seem to be merely characters but represent real people who are taking part in the freedom struggle of India. The focus of Rao in the novel is not merely on the major leaders of freedom fighters but also on the common people of village who were a major force in getting India freed from the shackles of British rule.